China to build its Second Foreign Naval Base in Gwadar, Pakistan

10 January, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Anti-terrorism efforts cannot involve finger-pointing, China says after US criticised Pakistan

A Pakistani diplomat said that China's aid was required as an "equalizer".

"This is more of a political statement in response to pressure from the United States, telling the USA that Pakistan has a great relationship with China and that Pakistan would become even closer with China", Dong told the Global Times.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang in his daily briefing on Tuesday termed the media reports as "unnecessary" speculations. As Trump Administration is determined to eliminate terrorist safe havens in Pakistan, which is key to bring stability in Afghanistan and in the region, the official hoped that China will play a helpful role in convincing Pakistan that it is in its own national interest to crackdown on these sanctuaries.

He reaffirmed Islamabad's sacrifices and contributions in the war against terrorism.

China will build its second foreign naval base and as per rumors and reports, it will be constructed in Pakistan.

"Countries should strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation on the basis of mutual respect instead of finger pointing at each other".

Chinese media has been speculating that Trump's efforts to step up pressure on Pakistan may move it closer to Islamabad as Beijing is involved in a number of projects in the country under the US$ 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

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Last week, the Trump administration blocked a $1 billion military assistance package for Islamabad over the continued presence of terrorists on Pakistani soil and Islamabad's allegedly insufficient efforts to remove them.

Gwadar is strategically located in the Arabian Sea and some 70 km away from Iran's Chabahar port being developed by India.

Rebuffing a USA suggestion that China should convince Pakistan to crack down on terror, Beijing said it would not be "conducive" to link terrorism with its "all-weather" Islamabad.

"First and foremost, I would like to say that terrorism is the common enemy of the global community. China consistently opposes linking terrorism with any specific country, nor approves shifting the whole responsibility onto one specific country".

Pakistan further said it will continue to work with the global community to ensure that internationally agreed standards on religious freedom are observed in the country and the broader region.

"Ultimately, China is also working towards a stable Afghanistan".


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